Month: June 2015

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens in June

I have been planning to visit this must not miss garden since it reopened in April for the summer season. What a delightful family garden filled with wildlife, wildflowers and a whole lot of love. Tucked away just off the green, in this typical unspoilt for centuries village just south of York, is Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. The grassy carpark is kitted out with an area for a picnic, and the day I visited I was greeted by these hens grazing amongst the grass. A bit of history about Stillingfleet Lodge – the Cook family arrived in 1975, and had no intentions then to turn Stillingfleet into the stunning series of gardens that are found there today. The family lived off the fat of the land, relying on a cow for their milk, cheese and butter, pigs and poultry for meat, and used whatever spare land there was for growing vegetables. Vanessa Cook has developed the gardens along with her family and it still remains the family garden. It is a sensory treat, and armed with …

Loving Real Tea

We all know there’s nothing better than spending a beautiful summer’s evening relaxing in a beer garden with friends – but what about tea gardens I hear you cry! Well fear not – I’m on the hunt for places offering up gorgeous outside seating, as well as serving the very best tea around. My very fav place that offers a delightful garden and homely front parlour, just outside York is Doylys. I must go again soon after visiting in autumn last year. I know tea and health go together, but just sharing with you a few facts while I go on my tea hunt… Is tea important? Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world after water. In the UK it has been drunk for over 350 years. Today, 77% of British adults drink tea and of the tea consumed in the UK, 95% is black tea. Antioxidants and hydrating properties Tea, the world’s favourite drink, can help you maintain your health as part of a balanced diet and healthy, active lifestyle. The …

June in the Garden

Summer arrives This month we are at the end of Spring and beginning of Summer. The longest day is on the 21st, and the extra light and warmth encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth. But this extra light and warmth also means weeds have sprouted up from seemingly nowhere. But my raised beds are now full of planted colours and that vibrant greenness of newness. In My Garden In Your Garden Plant out your hanging baskets and tubs now the risk of frost has passed. It’s a good idea to give your containers a weekly feed so they get all the nutrients they need. Thin out hardy annuals such as poppies, stocks, lupins and cornflowers to prevent them overtaking beds. Stake perennials if they begin to look like they need a little help. Lift and store bulbs for next year. I have to add I’ve never done this before but am considering doing this as the leaves are looking really tatty now. If like me you’ve planted sweet peas they …

Rest and Relax in Yorkshire

Loved a family weekend in North Yorkshire, June was busting all over with sunshine and brilliant greenery, and the bluest of sparkling seas. It was a delight to be staying once again at Raithwaite Estate, a short walk from Sandsend, this time in their small boutique hotel, The Keep. All the rooms, facing the wooded valley, have huge bathrooms with an enormous bath, walk-in shower and the wonderful therapeutic Aromatherapy Associates products. So relaxing! Lucky I had my iPod in my bag for soothing music! We took the chauffeured buggy to the main hotel for dinner, and on the table were these lovely birthday flowers from my family!! G ∼♥∼ G The rest of the best of my Yorkshire weekend……….. Sandsend Sandsend Driving to Whitby, this is not to be missed, Hole of Horcum, North Yorkshire Moors